David Carr has agreed to terms with the 49ers and is expected to sign his contract on Monday morning. That means that the Giants are officially in the market for a backup quarterback.

Even before Carr decided on a return to NoCal, the Giants were putting pieces in place for his replacement. Earlier this afternoon the agent for Jim Sorgi confirmed on Twitter that the quarterback who has been firmly planted on the bench in Indianapolis behind Peyton Manning would have a workout with the Giants on Monday to try and land the part of becoming the quarterback who is firmly planted on the bench in New York behind Eli Manning.

The greatest benefit of either job: Sundays off.

Neither Peyton nor Eli has missed a start since becoming NFL starters. And Eli Manning played through a wicked foot injury this season that didn't keep him from playing, not to mention that shoulder situation in early 2007.

The Giants have other options. They drafted Rhett Bomar last year and he spent most of 2009 on the practice squad. Who knows how much he's improved. And veterans Jeff Garcia and Mark Brunell -- who played for Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville -- are available options.

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Truth is the Giants really wanted Carr to come back. But the one thing they couldn't offer him was a realistic chance of playing or competing for snaps. For that, Carr had to head to San Francisco.

By the way, don't be surprised if David Carr challenges for a starting job with the 49ers. He never really got a chance on the field for the Giants, but he's a real pro and has pretty good skills. And he's a fantastic guy, too. He might even wind up winning over Patrick Willis!